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Backes Named 20th Blues Captain

Assistant Captains are Jackman, Langenbrunner, McDonald and Steen

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 10:00 AM / St Louis Blues - News
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Backes Named 20th Blues Captain
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong along with Head Coach Davis Payne announced Friday the club has named David Backes the 20th captain in franchise history.

In addition, the club named Barret Jackman, Jamie Langenbrunner, Andy McDonald and Alex Steen assistant captains.

Backes, 27, joins a Blues captaincy club that includes several National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Fame inductees such as Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens.

Originally drafted by the Blues in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Backes has spent each of his five NHL seasons with the club dressing in 364 games and compiling 218 points including 102 goals and 116 assists to go along with 500 penalty minutes. This past season, the 6’3, 225-pound forward posted a career year, tying career highs in goals (31) and assists (31) while etching new high marks in points (62) and plus/minus (+32) en route to earning his first NHL All-Star selection.

In addition, Backes’ +32 rating led all NHL forwards in 2010-11 and he became the first player in Blues history to finish a season with at least 30 goals, 30 assists and a +30 rating.

Jackman, 30, is the longest tenured current Blue entering his 10th season with the club. He currently ranks 5th on the Blues’ all-time games played list among defenseman (517).

Langenbrunner, 36, joined the Blues via free agency this past summer and will be entering his 17th NHL season in 2011-12. He served as the captain of the New Jersey Devils from 2007-2011 as well as Team USA for the 2010 Olympic Games.

McDonald, 34, is entering his fourth full season with the Blues and his 11th NHL season overall. In 2010-11, he became the 23rd player in franchise history to reach 400 career points while with the club.

Steen, 27, is entering his third full season with the Blues and his 7th NHL season overall. He is coming off a career year in 2010-11, during which he tied a career high with five game-winning goals while setting new career marks in points (51) and assists (31).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 48 24 24 21 48
A. Steen 46 15 25 7 40
K. Shattenkirk 48 8 32 18 40
J. Schwartz 41 17 21 13 38
D. Backes 47 17 18 6 35
T. Oshie 40 14 16 12 30
J. Lehtera 46 9 21 15 30
A. Pietrangelo 48 4 24 0 28
P. Stastny 40 9 17 6 26
P. Berglund 46 6 10 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 14 5 2 .927 1.95
J. Allen 14 5 2 .902 2.61

 
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